Inua Ellams' Untitled
Untitled is a magical realist story about twin brothers separated at birth, one of them growing up in Nigeria and the other in London. The timing of the production is especially relevant as Untitled will be staged, at Soho Theatre, over the 50th anniversary of Nigerian independence on 1 October. The narrative is inspired by the belief, in certain parts of West Africa, that a child grows up to embody its name. Ellams makes skilful use of linguistic style to differentiate between the characters and their cultures and create a beautifully woven narrative.
This is a compelling story which explores issues of relationships and friendship, and the question of nature versus nurture, both for the brothers themselves and also the nation as a whole. The play asks some fundamental questions, such as who is culpable for what has happened in Nigeria? And whose responsibility is it to fix the problems?
Untitled is a one-man show written and performed by Inua Ellams and co-commissioned by Soho Theatre, Fuel and Contact. Soho has combined forces with producers Fuel to present the show in London. It will also tour nationally.
Directed by Thierry Lawson
Designed by Peter Arnold
Lighting Design by Michael Nabarro
Address: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE